DIY Wooden Bead Necklace

Whew, another busy weekend in full swing. We had our fall family photo session this weekend so I finally completed my necklace in hopes of wearing it for the photo session {although I did not}.

What you need:

  • Wooden beads – I used 15 3/4 inch beads I purchased from Michael's. They came in a pack (20-25) for $3.99. Make sure you get the beads with holes!
  • Twine or String – $2
  • Ribbon – I cut two 18 inch pieces of ribbon. (I used scrap ribbon I had on hand but it is usually $1.99 – $3.99 at Michaels)
  • Acrylic paint of your choice – I suggest using on with a gloss finish – I didn't but wish I had. ($0.89 at Michaels)
  • Scissors
  • Toothpick and foil

I had most of the materials on hand. The only item I purchased were the beads – $2.50 after using a coupon.

  1. I wrapped foil around a toothpick so that I would place the wooden ball on the toothpick to make it easier to paint all areas of the ball. {You'll notice my nails are white from another project I'm working on.}
  2. Once all the balls are painted and the paint has dried, string the balls on the twine. I started with about 18 inches and twine and cut off the excess.
  3. I used a pair of scissors to puncture a small hole in the center of the ribbon about a half inch from the edge.
  4. Then I thread the twine through the ribbon and tied a knot.
  5. Then I tied a knot in the ribbon to conceal the twine.
  6. You may want to use fray check on the ribbon ends that will be used to tie the necklace to avoid fraying. You can also lightly singe the ends with a lighter if you don't have fray check.

Looking back I wish I would have used a paint with a gloss finish for the shine. I plan to add a glaze finish but I didn't have any on hand and it's time to watch Sunday football with the fam!

I used a mustard paint and grey ribbon. What are some other great color combinations to try?

P.S. I should have photos from our family session to share next weekend! Hope to see you back!

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23 comments

    • guyerfamily says:

      Great question Jane!! I had most of the products on hand. The beads were only item I had to purchase @ $3.99 (but I had a 40% off coupon so it was $2.50). I’ll update the post to include the cost.

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